Whether you are looking for an in-person or virtual presentation, Leilani has that covered, too. As an educator, homeschool evaluator, and mom of four, including a daughter with special needs, Leilani is knowledgeable on a variety of topics. Her presentations will be sure to touch your heart while equipping you with the tools you’ll need to strengthen your journey.
Building Confidence as a Parent of Special Needs
Many parents feel intimidated by their local schools, teachers, pediatricians, therapists, or professionals. Parents often feel that because they don’t have a related degree or work in the field, they’re less knowledgeable. Let’s understand the truth behind these institutions and how you, the parent, are ultimately the one with the best credentials. We will also explore how your God-given responsibility can help you build confidence as you continue to homeschool.
How to Overcome Loneliness
As homeschool parents, we can experience profound isolation. If we have a child with special needs, the isolation can be multiplied. In this talk, I share my experience as a homeschooling mom with a special needs child, the blessing of being created for community, and how we are also created for deeper relationships. Then we address the most pressing question: how can we find meaningful community in our modern world?
Are We Forgetting Why We Homeschool?
Did you begin homeschooling because you wanted to raise your kids with a biblical perspective on the world? Are you still doing that? Many parents have reverted back to a more secular perspective on education, but now it’s affecting their homes. This talk will explore why we’re forgetting our first love and how the secular world has manipulated us to think as they think. I also share how to avoid presenting a watered-down gospel in our curricula, what a solidly-biblical curriculum should look like, and practical ways we can get back on track.
How to Teach the Biblical High Holidays in a Christian Home
As a Messianic Believer, I’m asked over and over again, “How can I celebrate these holidays as a Christian?” There are so many resources out there, but many of them may forget the most important purpose of these holidays… Jesus. In this talk, I will share the practical and spiritual ways you can celebrate Pesach (The Feast of Passover), Yom Teruah (The Feast of Trumpets), Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (The Festival of Booths).
Embracing Our Freedom to Teach ____________________________________
Many of us have a hard time realizing just how much our thinking has been influenced by the current public education system. In this talk, we’ll look at the history of public school education in America and how it has affected our thoughts and priorities. Once we recognize that the current model is not the be-all, end-all of education and that it’s something that has been an ongoing concern for less than 100 years, we can minimize the impact of such narrow philosophies in our homes and allow ourselves the freedom to broaden our approach and homeschool based on informed choices.
My Middle-Schooler Is Driving Me Crazy!
As a mom and former middle school teacher, I will share with you some insights that will change your attitude toward this precious group of kids. We will discuss how the middle-schooler’s brain works, what they are thinking and feeling, and how you can learn to enjoy these fleeting, emotional, but pivotal years with your kids.
The Gift of ADHD in the Homeschooling Home
ADHD is a very common diagnosis, but it does come with a lot of baggage. Let’s talk about what ADHD is, how it can present differently in every child, and how we can help modify, adjust, and create their curriculum and environment to help them thrive. Most importantly, I will share how we can see this diagnosis not as a crutch, but as an opportunity to help our ADHD children excel.